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Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has reportedly gone into quarantine after a Rapid Antigen Test conducted on her yesterday for COVID-19 came in positive, sources told the Daily Mirror last night.

As a result, Wanniarachchi has self-isolated herself and undergone a PCR test, the results of which were still unknown as of late last night.

If Wanniarachchi's PCR test comes in positive, she will be the fifth parliamentarian and second cabinet minister to test positive for the virus.

Wanniarachchi had late last year partaken in several religious rituals, which included her dropping a holy pot into a river, to rid the country of the virus which has to date infected over 55,000 people and caused over 250 deaths.

She was also last month seen in pictures, consuming the anti COVID19 tonic, made by Ayurvedic practitioner Dhammika Bandara.

According to Health Ministry officials, Wanniarachchi has been listed in the first group to receive the anti COVID-19 vaccine along with healthcare workers, once the vaccines arrive in the country sometime next month. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

  Comments - 18

  • Sambo Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:43 AM

    So the "PANIYA" did not help her. May she recover soon.

    Yoda Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:43 AM


    Ran-malli in Tokyo Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:47 AM

    Aiyo! Pavithra akki. Your Dhammika peniya didn't work and now you are first in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine at the expense of poor people's money. God Bless Mother Lanka.

    S.H.Moulana Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:50 AM

    What about the Peniya and the Muttiya did not work with her?

    Dr. M. Munaweera Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:51 AM

    Madam, how come you drank Vedamathayas Panni is in it?

    L.P. Mendis Saturday, 23 January 2021 07:53 AM

    Better inform the public you are not capable to be a Health Minister and resign, let Dr. Sudharshini Fernandopillai capture your position.

    Lol Saturday, 23 January 2021 08:00 AM


    Sokrates Saturday, 23 January 2021 08:10 AM

    But there is no spread in the community and all is under control.

    Selvakumar Saturday, 23 January 2021 08:35 AM

    Every body's humans but corona can't be humans !!!

    S.PRamkumar Saturday, 23 January 2021 08:36 AM

    We pray for her quick recovery

    Ranaweera Saturday, 23 January 2021 09:20 AM

    In many countries, Health workers as well as Health Ministers have contracted the virus because they are dealing with this at the front line . Some health workers including health ministers died as well. In this case we pray that our Health Minister recovers as so many others. It is not right to highlight that she took Dhammika Syrup and participated in religious activities when she herself has contracted the disease.

    vince Saturday, 23 January 2021 11:58 AM

    Of course, you have to highlight it for the sheer stupidity of. Science works in these matters, not mumbo jumbo.

    dot Saturday, 23 January 2021 11:28 AM

    the way the virus is spreading among the rule makers .Wonder whether it was because they used privilege to be exempted unlike the commoners ..

    Channa Saturday, 23 January 2021 11:44 AM

    Alas! Now we can save one Covid vaccine as she will not need vaccination upon recovery.

    vince Saturday, 23 January 2021 11:56 AM

    Here is the proof that PANIYA was a scam just like the bond scam. Let us hope she learned her lesson.

    nadarajah Saturday, 23 January 2021 11:57 AM

    when a person is sick ,how sad to see the sick minds making vulgar comments Pavithra-wish you a fast recovery

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Saturday, 23 January 2021 03:55 PM

    How could something like this happen?

    Ranaweera Saturday, 23 January 2021 04:13 PM

    I am wishing for her speedy recovery. I need to make a point here that taking the syrup and floating a pot in the river are irrelevant here. Not even scientifically proven vaccine would not be 100 effective. So same goes gor syrup. It is not scientifically proven but it cannot be dismissed as useless. About the pot floating, you will realize that it is more symbolic and cultural to the people. Everyone knows it well. But politicians have to do these things to make some happy. But I consider that she will now become naturally immune after developing antibodies. But those who expect that vaccine will solve this problem, they are mostly mistaken.

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